Case study

Aisha Hirani — Trainee solicitor

Clyde & Co LLP

Aisha studied History at University of Birmingham. She’s now a first seat trainee at Clyde & Co

Why did you decide on a career in law?

Throughout high school I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in law.

I loved debating and finding solutions to complex problems and knew that a career in law would allow me to continuously face new challenges throughout my working life. I also really enjoy working with different people and the legal profession enables me to interact with a hugely diverse group of people, from colleagues to clients.

What attracted you to Clyde & Co?

Half of the work carried out by Clyde & Co is contentious and, having a keen interest in litigation, this was an appealing factor. Through previous work experience, I had also developed an interest in insurance law. Clyde & Co is a well-renowned insurance law firm, and so I knew that the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the most highly regarded insurance lawyers, would be invaluable. The firm’s commitment to innovation was also attractive as it underlined the highly progressive nature of the firm and the scope for development as a trainee.

How did you get your job/What did the recruitment process involve?

I submitted an online application and was then invited to an assessment centre for a vacation scheme. My vacation scheme was cancelled due to Covid-19 and so I had a further virtual assessment centre for a training contract.

What’s a typical day like as a trainee solicitor?

I usually come in at 9:30am, log on and check my emails. I then grab a coffee and catch up with some of the other associates and trainees in the office. I then plan out my day according to which cases I am working on and the tasks that need to be completed that day, before actioning my task list.

At 1pm, I join the other trainees for lunch in the canteen, and then continue with. I usually check in with my supervisor after lunch and we discuss how things are going. I typically finish the day around 6 or 6:30pm, and if it’s a Thursday or Friday I might join the other trainees for a drink after work.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Definitely the people. Everyone is so friendly and approachable, and this is so important in your first seat as it can be quite intimidating when you don’t really know what you’re doing.

What are the challenges?

Balancing different deadlines and cases can be quite difficult at times, especially with court deadlines, and so careful time management is crucial.

There are a lot of stereotypes about working in law, can you debunk a couple of myths?

Working long hours is not really the norm - well, not at Clyde & Co. There are times where we do work late and we have to log on when we get home from work, but it’s not everyday or every week. It really depends on the department and the stage of a case.

What are your career ambitions?

I have not quite decided where I want to qualify yet, as it is very early days. But my experience at Clyde & Co has so far been positive and I would hope to eventually work my way up through the firm.

Why should future trainees consider Clyde & Co?

It is a great law firm to train at and they really help with your development as a trainee and in your transition from university to working life. There is so much to get involved in and trainees are not simply given admin tasks but are able to immerse themselves in the interesting aspects of cases.

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